Program News

10/11/2016–Ph.D. Candidate Nicole Belolan can now add the title of Curator and Professor to her list of achievements as her journey in academia continues. Nicole’s recently accepted a position as the Megan Giordano Fellow at Rowan University teaching courses in public history. Additionally, she is now the curator at Red Bank Battlefield, Fort Mercer, and the Whithall House in National Park, New Jersey. She’ll be splitting her time teaching history through objects and putting her expansive knowledge of early American material culture to use. What more can you ask of a soon-to-be AmCiv alum?
Nicole is also completing her dissertation, “Navigating the World: The Material Culture of Physical Mobility Impairment in the Early American North, 1728-1861,” which is about material culture and physical disability in early America.


10/11/2016–AmCiv alum Laura Johnson (Class of 2010) is the author of the first book to focus exclusively on the history of jewelry made and worn in New England, entitled Keepsakes and Treasures: Stories from Historic New England’s Jewelry Collection. As the Associate Curator at Historic New England, Laura is in the perfect position to study the wealth of objects of adornment in their collection. The book will be followed by an exhibition at HNE in 2017 that will feature remarkable examples of jewelry ranging from wedding rings to mourning brooches. As Laura puts it, the exhibition will showcase “jewelry’s unique role as a public display of personal history.”

Laura’s dissertation through the American Civilization Program was  “Material Translations: Cloth in Early American Encounters, 1520-1750.” We’re excited for Laura’s continued success in the world of material culture and eagerly anticipate future projects.